Friday, July 31, 2015

Look Up In The Sky!

Phantom 2 Vision Plus at 200 feet

So for those of you who say you would shoot down a drone (but not a Galaxy C5 or hot air balloon hopefully) flying over your house at an altitude of 200 feet, please take note. THAT's what a drone looks like at an altitude of 200 feet.

And yes, it's flying over MY property, but it took me a while to find it in the viewfinder to get that photo. And here's what a person looks like from that same 200 feet of altitude:

 Where's Waldo?  Circled in red

And yes that's me, but from 200 feet it could just as well be one of my daughters. Or the ghost of my deceased Mother.

According to Federal Law:

Whoever willfully…sets fire to, damages, destroys, disables, or wrecks any aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States or any civil aircraft used, operated, or employed in interstate, overseas, or foreign air commerce…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years or both.
Note the term "ANY AIRCRAFT."  The FAA has "jurisdiction" in this matter, not the town of Amherst, a city or state. Just that simple.

Yes, if a drone is hovering 10 feet over your property and you have young daughters sunbathing in the back yard, by all means call the local police.

But do not shoot it down!

This is what a drone sounds like at 10 feet altitude.  Yeah, not overly stealthy 


Anonymous said...

I think you are complaining about a problem that doesn't exist. Anyone shoot down a drone in Amherst? Anyone shoot at a drone in Amherst? Thought not.

Larry Kelley said...

And I don't want to be the first, Nitwit.

Anonymous said...

It is only a matter of time until someone brings down a real aircraft with one of these and then you will see licensing requirements, transponder requirements, insurance requirements, and probably background check requirements as well.

Larry Kelley said...

Yep. Just as it too the death of a President to ban the mail ordering of guns.

Larry Kelley said...


Anonymous said...

The guns in question, the MannlicherCarcano and the Smith and Wesson Victory pistol were ordered by one L. H . Oswald in his handwriting. He lied (provable lie) when he stated that he did not order the weapons used to kill Kennedy and Tippet. The photographs of him on Neely St. taken by and testified to by Marina Oswald show him brandishing both weapons, and according to the testimony of photographic experts, were proven to be authentic. L.H.O. was proven (and he told lie after provable lie to the Dallas Police) to have lied when he denied ownership of the two firearms.